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1851 CALIFORNIA EXPRESS LETTER BOOK. 1851 Gregory’s Express Pocket Letter Book. Book contains fine sheets of letter paper “ designed to facilitate correspondence between cities and towns, and the mining districts in California. San Francisco imprint, Verso of cover, and back cover has descriptions, notes and locales regarding Gregory Express. An exceedingly scarce and fugitive piece of ephemera.(Ca.61); $795.
1855 CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH ERA
LETTER. 1855 one page ALS; 10” x 8” ruled blue paper. Texas Springs,
Shasta County, California. No cover, light original fold lines, overall
VG-F cond. (Ca.41)); $sold
GOLD RUSH LETTER.
San Francisco, California, Feb 1853, one and a half page pen
written ALS. 10”x8” blue ruled paper, slightly irregular along left
edge, original folds, very legible.
In part relates trip from Boston to California aboard ship Samuel
Appleton. (Ca.40)$300. SOLD
THE SAN FRANCISCO HERALD 1851 STEAMER EDITION. 23" x 16" 8pp complete. Friday, Dec 5, 1851. Steamer edition " For Circulation in the Atlantic States, Europe and South America". 'Steamer' editions of 1850's San Francisco papers are quite scarce in the market. Numerous articles concerning California, in particular the events in the gold fields. This particular issue has the added benefit of having the report of the meeting at Fort Laramie between the U.S. government and the several of Native American tribes, resulting in the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty. (The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 was signed on September 17 between United States treaty commissioners and representatives of the Cheyenne, Sioux, Arapaho, Crow, Assiniboine, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara nations. The treaty sets forth traditional territorial claims of the tribes as among themselves. The Indians guaranteed safe passage for settlers on the Oregon Trail in return for promises of an annuity in the amount of fifty thousand dollars for fifty years. The Native American nations also allowed roads and forts to be built in their territories. The United States Senate ratified the treaty, adding Article 5, to adjust compensation from fifty to ten years, if the tribes accepted the changes. Acceptance from all tribes, with the exception of the Crow, was procured. Several tribes never received the commodities promised as payments. The treaty produced a brief period of peace, but it was broken by the failure of the United States to prevent the mass emigration of settlers and miners during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush into the territories of the native nations as identified). From bound volume, edge roughness along spine , o/w Fine cond. Quite scarce. (Ca. 60); $600.sold
THE CALIFORNIA GOLD DIGGERS - 1849 SHEET MUSIC. 13 1/2" x 10 1/2" Nathan Barker, Copyright 1849. 5 pp complete. From bound volume, exhibits light remnants from spine, a bit of spotting and age toning, overall VG+. (Sm.25); $125.
THE MINERS QUICK STEP - 1849 SHEET MUSIC. 13 1/2" x 10 1/2" From Drawing Room Gems Series . Copyright 1849. 4 pp complete (2 of music). From bound volume, exhibits light remnants from spine,spine splitting a bit of spotting and age toning, overall VG+. (Sm.30); $95.
PUT'S ORIGINAL CALIFORNIA SONGSTER. San Francisco; D.E. Appleton & Co. 1868 . 64 pp. (12mo) original pictorial wrappers. Housed in a custom plexiglas fronted slipcase. Front cover states "5th Edition, 25th Thousand", though the title page states "4th Edition, 18th Thousand." Popular California Gold Rush songster comprising lyrics to several dozen California mining songs, such as The Fools of '49; Joaquin the Horse Thief; Away Up on the Yuba; California As It Is and Was; The Lousy Miner; the Sonora Filibusters; When I Went Off to Prospect; California Bloomer; Coming Around the Horn; etc. Cover illustration depicts in three small vignettes the "arrival of a greenhorn" miner. "Much of the flavor of the gold days, as well as the era's pathos and humor, pervades these ephemeral little publications" - Wheat. Cowan (I), p. 183. Greenwood 983 & 984. Wheat 162. (Ca.57); $SOLD
CALIFORNIA - SAN FRANCISCO 1854 GRAPHIC CITY COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE WARRANT. 4 3/4 x 8 1/2, San Francisco, 1854 City Treasurer payment for grading and planking Beale Street. Good Grapic appeal. . Some minor toning in corners, overall VG- Fine. (Ca.46); $125.
ADAMS & CO.'s EXPRESS & BANKING HOUSE OF SAN
Adams & Co.’s Express, an express and
forwarding agency, opened in San Francisco in October 1849, on the east
side of Montgomery Street, north of California Street,.
In 1850, this company entered the banking business.
From time to time, Adams & Co. absorbed other express companies
in California and during 1851 penetrated into the more remote mining
districts. Adams & Co. was
the largest and most respected express agency in San Francisco and the
West until its failure on February 23, 1855.
It engaged in virtually every type of financial business, from
forwarding gold to cashing checks. Unfortunately, the firm was engulfed in
the financial panic caused by the alleged bankruptcy of the banking house
of Page, Bacon & Company. Although
Page was solvent, the scare resulted in a run on Adams & Co. and the
closing of the latter’s doors and those of all its branches in
Notes of exchange were essentially copies of bills done in triplicate. Usage of any one automatically cancelled out the other two. In Commercial law, a set of exchange refers to a single bill of lading drawn in a set of parts. Each such bill is valid only if the goods have not been delivered against any other part. Bills may be drawn in duplicate or triplicate, the first part being “first of exchange,” the second part being “second of exchange,” and so on. When one part has been paid, the other parts become void.
ADAMS & CO. Second of Exchange dated 07/29/1853, written at the Sacramento (manuscript above San Francisco)Adams & Company Express Office. The vignette on this exchange is among the most collectible by Adams & Co. because of the sluice box in the miners’ scene at the top center. Vertical fold lines, some soilng nd wear, overall Fine. (Ex21); 140.SOLD
ADAMS & CO. Third Bill of Exchange. Unissued. San Francisco Adams & Company Express Office. The vignette on this exchange is among the most collectible by Adams & Co. because of the sluice box in the miners’ scene at the top center. Fine + (Ex22)$125.
& CO. Certificate of Deposit .1854. 4” x 8 ¾” San
Francisco. Black print on white paper. This form has a miner at left and
the large San Francisco Banking office vignette at top center. Some minor
fold lines, overall Fine cond. (Ex20). $100
CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH ERA. RHODES & CO. EXPRESS OFFICE CHECK 1854. ,Express Office , Weaverville, Nov 15, 1854. 3” x 7 ¾” blue paper. Upper right corner exhibits an engraving of the California State Seal. On the left side is a steel engraving of a mythical God sitting among clouds, overlooking a sailing ship at sea. The check is written "Paid", in ink, in the center, face of the check Lith. by Britton & Rey S. F. (San Francisco) Co.", in the lower left corner. (ex11); $. 85.
SAN FRANCISCO FROM NOB HILL. Boudoir card, 8 1/4" x 5 /4". Id in negative " California Street From Nob Hill". Cable car in foreground. MacDonald, S.F. photographers imprint. B/r mount has crease, b/l light crease in corner, soome avg soiling and wear, overall VG+. (Ca.33); $pending
ALBUM OF SAN FRANCISCO CAL. 42 Views. Copyright 1889 Ward Brothers, Columbus, Ohio. Pub. by the Bancroft Co. San Francisco. 5" x 6" accordion fold with 15 photo-lithograph panels, including a 2-panel panorama bird's-eye view of the city; also showing waterfronts, public buildings, parks, etc.; original embossed red cloth stamped in gilt; Fine. (Ca. 30); $150.
PHOTOGRAPH – CALIFORNIA - SAN FRANCISCO – AFTERMATH 1906 EARTHQUAKE - FILLMORE STREET. Silverprint photograph, 6 x 8 . Period pen on back reads “Fillmore St. San Francisco the main thoroughfare after the fire of April 18-19-20, copyright 1906 by R.C. + CO.” Photo exhibits strong tonality and great contrast. Small tear on the bottom left edge, which has been reinforced by tape on the backside. Otherwise some light wear and soiling, overall VG-fine condition. See scan. (Lf. 151): $225. SOLD
SAN FRANCISCO STREET SCENE. Cabinet Card, 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Crowd gathers outside building, apparently for parade. Chas. Faist, S.F. photographer's imprint. A bit of soiling on mount, overall VG-Fine. (Wfb105); $sold
CDV. 4 1/4" x 2
1/2" Seated portrait. 1861 copyright, C.D. Fredricks, NY
photographer's imprint. Small area of discoloration in background, o/w VG-F .
Scarce California personality. (W.15); $200.
CALIFORNIA CHINESE/ DENNIS KEARNEY LITHOGRAPH. Original lithograph, oblong folio, 11" x 14", San Francisco, ca 1875. Lithograph portraying Dennis Kearney, the Sandlots Orator, in jail, six Chinese jeering him, five with the symbols of Chinese occupations in California: coolie, washerman, fisherman, honey-soil man and cigar maker. Kearney's battle cry was: "The Chinese Must Go!". which explains the caption of the lithograph "The Tables Turned, You Sabe Him?, Kealney Must Go!". Very good condition. (Ca.42); $475.
YREKA, FORT JONES AND ETNA STAGE LINE WAYBILL. 11 x 17, 1910 waybill with list of passengers and express packages. Folds to 11” x 6”, with imprinted title on back. Some chipping and small tears along left border, overall VG. (W. 607); $85.
WALKER LAKE AND BODIE TOLL ROAD CO.
for tolls . 7" x 8 1/2". Recorded are date, name of teamster, kind of
vehicle, number of animals, and tolls. Sign by Walter White toll-keeper. On back
is imprinted "W.L. & B. Toll Road Co. Toll Receipts for week ending
July 31, 1897". Original fold lines, overall VG. (W.517); $195.
The clipper ship was a very fast
sailing ship of the mid 19th century. They were fast, yacht like vessels,
with three masts and a square rig. Generally narrow for their length, they
could carry limited bulk freight, small by later 19th century standards,
and had a large total sail area. Clipper ships were mostly constructed in
British and American shipyards, and sailed all over the world, but
primarily on the trade routes between the United Kingdom and its colonies
in the east, in trans-Atlantic trade, and the New York or Boston-to-San
Francisco route round Cape Horn during the California Gold Rush. These
ships not only brought thousands of men and tons of supplies to
California, but the companies that owned these ships were in a rush to get
to California faster than anyone else. Of the thousands of ships that made
it to San Francisco Bay, many did not make it out. They were bound
together, filled in and a city was built over the top of them.
- PACKET BILL OF LADING - CLIPPER SHIP ILLUSTRATION .
Bill of Lading.for Good Ship Ringleader. , 7" x 9 3/4" ,
Glidden & Wiulliams California Packets. Illustrated with vessel under
sail .1861. Exhibits light handling,
with fold lines,overall Fine cond.. (Ca.126); $200.
CALIFORNIA - PACKET BILL OF LADING - 1853 . Bill of Lading.for Good Ship Telegraph.. , 7" x 9 3/4" , Nath'l Winsor Jr Line of Packets for San Francisco. Illustrated with company's flag. 1853 Exhibits light handling, with fold lines,overall Fine cond.. (Ca.339); $225. .
- CALIFORNIA PACKET.
Bill of Lading., 7" x 8 1/2" , Illustrated with vessel under
sail . May 1866. Early Santa Barbara Imprint. Exhibits handling,
with fold lines, and a few small edge tears, overall g-VG cond.
– CALIFORNIA STEAM
NAVIGATION CO. RECEIPT. Receipt for freight on Steamer T.C.
Walker. 4 ½ x 8 ½, part imprinted, good graphic quality with engraving
A NY Times article in 1898 describes an incident of
the T.C. Walker “ The most disastrous accident in the history of
Stockton occurred to-day near Fourteen Mile Slough, when a part of one of
the boilers of the river steamer T. C. Walker, which left San Francisco
about 6 o'clock last night, was blown out, killing five and dangerously
wounding eleven persons, while probably fifteen or twenty were more or
less badly hurt. The T. C. Walker is owned by the California Navigation
and Improvement Company, and ran between San Francisco and Stockton”.
Two spindle holes along top, overall Fine cond. (Ca 65); $85.
GOLD RUSH ERA STEAMBOAT BILL OF LADING. California, San Francisco
Gold Rush steamer Bill of lading , 4 ¾ x 8,
1861 Steamer Rambler. Delivering 213 bags of Corn. Signed by E J
Weeks for Sanderson(?). Printed by Towne & Bacon, printers, 503 Clay
Street. The steamer Rambler was completed on June 17, 1859 and was built
to run between Petaluma and San Francisco. A couple of small tack holes,
overall Fine cond. (ca.354); $125.
QUICKSILVER MINING COMPANY, NEW ALMADEN
CALIFORNIA. 1882 Letterhead of The Quicksilver Mining Company, Mine and
Works, New Almaden, California. 8 1/4" x 11", along with a 8 ½“ x 5
½“ advertising broadside for Quicksilver. Written by James B. Randol to D. H.
Jackson, At Sierra City, regarding shipment of Quicksilver. Exhibits small
amount of discoloration along bottom, damage to b/r corner with accompanying
small loss of paper. Broadside, which also acted as a dated quote, has a very
small amount of discoloration to bottom not affecting overall appearance. VG
cond. (W.527); $800.
GUIDE BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF
THE PRINCIPAL CITIES AND TOWNS IN CALIFORNIA .
1931. Hardcover. W.J. McCamman, publisher, San Francisco, and Oakland.
873pp. Original boards, advertisements printed on the backstrip and
boards. Boards slightly rubbed, soiled, and lightly shelfworn. A
few incidental blue pencil
notation, overall very good. Denoted "Volume xxvii" on the title
page, indicating the 27th edition
of this scarce mercantile guide for the American West. Most of the text is
comprised of exhaustive listings of California merchants (San Francisco
alone commands nearly two hundred pages), with brief descriptions of each
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